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Are there alligators in springs?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by ScubaIvan, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. ScubaIvan

    ScubaIvan Angel Fish

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    Hello all. I am still pretty new to diving and not the most knowlegable in wildlife. My questions is are there alligators in springs that we go diving in (i.e. Ginnie, Alexander, Rainbow, etc.) Is it too cold for them they are reptiles and are cold blooded. How do we go about avoiding them any suggestions or thoughts. Has anyone come across one? *GULP*

    Thanks.
     
  2. chickdiver

    chickdiver Instructor, Scuba

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  3. xiSkiGuy

    xiSkiGuy Manta Ray

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    There was one in hanging out at Peacock earlier this year. It was a little creepy to finish your dive and see it looking at you 10 feet away.

    One of the Park Rangers claimed that snorkelers had been petting it! :11: Needless to say they relocated it.
     
  4. LiteHedded

    LiteHedded Great White

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  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    bet those aren't the answers you wanted to hear. ;)
     
  6. eandiver

    eandiver Solo Diver

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    In Florida there is a chance for an alligator in any body of water.
    The more popular and crowded springs ( Ginnie) have fewer or none than the lesser visited springs (Peacock) but there still may be a gator around even with crowds (Alexander). The vast majority of them will leave you alone if you do the same.

    Spring time is mating season and they become more aggressive. I have come across several while river diving and kayaking and never had a problem.

    Always buddy up with a slower diver......it gives you the edge. :)
    Swim with a lot of people.......takes the gator longer to decide so again you have the edge. :)
     
  7. Surelyshirly

    Surelyshirly Manta Ray

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    I asked this same question when I started diving and here is what I was told
     
  8. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

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    Gators?

    Only if you are lucky!
     
  9. flatwood

    flatwood Nassau Grouper

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    Someone told me that there was a gator at morrison springs so large that it was eating the cattle from the local farms! Makes me wonder what REALLY dug that hole that they call a "natural spring".












    :D
     
  10. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver

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    They have a sign up at Morrison warning of Gators....

    I've got a pic of it somewhere...
    (I found a copy of it, but it's been photoshopped a little.... heh.)
     

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